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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 27, 1998 - 7

may assist
in suicide
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.(AP)-An Oakland
University student paralyzed by a virus has
won the right to leave a Grand Rapids hospital,
clearing the way for him to seek Dr. Jack
Kevorkian's help in killing himself.
Roosevelt Dawson of Southfield has been
unable to use his arms and legs and has
depended on a ventilator to breathe since a
tral infection attacked his spinal cord 13
nonths ago.
"We'll have him out as soon as possible,"said
Kevorkian attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who also is
representing Dawson. Fieger said Dawson and
Kevorkian have spoken by telephone.
On Wednesday, a psychiatrist working for
Kent County Probate Court denied
Metropolitan Hospital's request that Dawson
be declared incompetent and held involun-
rily, hospital spokesperson Jim Childress
said yesterday.
The hospital sought a commitment order
earlier this week after Fieger said he intend-
ed to seek Dawson's release, Childress said.
Dawson praised the decision and said he
was looking forward to leaving the hospital
and ending his life with Kevorkian's help.
"To me that's good," he told The Oakland
Press of Pontiac. "I hope to leave Saturday
and go back to my mom's home. From there,

MSA to make book
uying less of a hassle

Dr. Jack Kevorkian has been contacted by a paralyzed Oakland University student who was
just released from the hospital after spending the past 13 months on a ventilator.

I'll probably be disconnected."
Dawson said he turned to Kevorkian
because of the assisted suicide advocate's
willingness to help people in situations like
his. He said he would donate his organs for
others to use.
Kevorkian has refused to disclose the
number of deaths he has assisted or attend-
ed. At a Dec. 31 news conference, he esti-
mated the number at 80 to 100. Since then,
he has been connected to four more
Dawson would become the youngest per-
son known to have committed suicide with

the help of Kevorkian. The youngest person
thought to have died in Kevorkian's presence
was 27-year-old Heidi Aseltine, an AIDS
patient whose body was discovered in a sub-
urban Detroit motel last April along with a
note to contact Fieger.
Childress said the court psychiatrist's
decision means Dawson is free to leave.
"We didn't meet the criteria for involun-
tary committal," Childress said. "Our peti-
tion was denied. We've done what we need-
ed to do. And now if he wishes to leave, he
can do so, and he will do so against medical
advice. And he has not requested to do so."

By Kristin Wright
Daily Staff Reporter
Students may no longer have to wait in long
lines and search for books amidst the confusion in
campus book stores during fall and winter book
The Michigan Student Assembly passed a reso-
lution earlier this month to organize a committee
devoted to shortening the tiresome and tedious
process of buying textbooks.
Bill Briggs, vice chair of the rules and elections
committee, said the committee will find ways to
improve the book-buying system for students.
Michigan Book & Supply, Ulrich's Book Store,
the Michigan Union Bookstore and Shaman Drum
Bookshop are the key parties involved in the issue.
"What MSA is trying to do is form a committee
to find alternative ways to make it convenient to
buy books," said Briggs, temporary chair of the
textbook committee. "This is where you we can
look at a range of issues and look at possible solu-
tions for everyone that's a player."
LSA Rep. Barry Rosenberg and Academic
Affairs Committee Chair Rachel Schlenker are
working with Briggs on the project.
Committee members and bookstore owners said
they are concerned that basic procedures
University professors follow when ordering books
for their courses inconvenience students and cost
them more money.
Professors choose the bookstore that will carry
the texts for their courses, they said. Textbook
orders received by either Michigan Book &
Supply, Ulrich's Bookstore or the Michigan Union
Book Store are sent to the Textbook Reporting
Service. Shaman Drum Bookshop is not part of
this system.
The service circulates the booklists to the other
two bookstores that did not receive the direct order
from professors. Professors are not given a dead-
line to send their booklists to book stores.
Briggs, an LSA junior, said that because profes-
sors often order their books late, students are
inconvenienced by having to wait until the first
day of class to buy textbooks.
Michigan Book & Supply owner Steve
Schindler said his biggest concern with the delay
in receiving professors' booklists is that it can be
costly for students.

"That is the biggest key to pricing - the pro-
fessors orders - to get them in on time,"
Schindler said.
Schindler said that many used books are reject-
ed during the time stores buy back books because
professors do not make it known whether the same
books will be used the following term. Because so
many used textbooks are not bought back during
buy back, book stores have fewer used books to
"We get 20 percent of book orders the week
before and the first week of classes. There's no
way we can get used books," Schindler said.
Briggs and Rosenberg said the committee also
is concerned about the tax students pay when buy-
ing textbooks. The state legislature is currently
discussing a bill to eliminate sales tax on text-
books. But Schindler said that although he sup-
ports the idea, he is not confident the proposal will
be a success.
Shaman Drum has created a monopoly on
humanities books, Briggs said.
Rosenberg said the committee will attempt to
make Shaman Drum's booklists available to other
stores in order to reduce book prices.
"My theory is if there's a monopoly of one
person, it's pretty expensive. But when there's
lots of competition among more people, it's usu-
ally a little bit cheaper," said Rosenberg, an
LSA senior.
Schindler said that if Shaman Drum were to
open its booklists to other stores, book prices
would not be affected.
"The publishers say what the price is and that's
what we charge," Schindler said. "Shaman Drum
is following the exact same administering stan-
dards we are. The problem they have is availabili-
Rosenberg said he is hopeful the committee will
improve the book-buying process.
"A goal of the committee is to increase dialogue
and begin talking about these issues to see what to
change to help lower costs and improve book-buy-
ing for students," Rosenberg said.
Shaman Drum managers could not be reached
for comment.
Any student interested in joining the textbook
committee can e-mail Briggs at
u jbriggslumich.cdu.

ontlnued from Page 1t
twsuits filed against the University by the Center fort
idividual Rights this past fall. The lawsuits target use of racec
s - afactor in the admissions processes of the College of1
[iterature, Science and the Arts and the Law School.
I think it sends a good signal in general, but I don't know t
ow Jt would affect what's going on in Michigan," Bakert
. "My general sense is that it is unclear what the impactt
uld be."i
CIR Senior Legal Counsel Terry Pell said he believes the
efeat in Arizona will have no effect on his defense in the cases
gainst the University.t
"These involve completely different legal questions," Pell
aid. The questions in the University of Michigan's case is<
hether racial preferences employed by the University areC
gal. We contend they are not. The type of affirmative action
t issue in Arizona was voluntary, legal, constitutional affir-
'ative action. The ballot initiative did not address and could
properly address racial preferences that are illegal andi
TheArizona state Senate voted 11-19 against the issue. Allt
he votes in favor of the bill were Republican, although six1
OIP senators voted against it.
Sets. Scott Bundgaard (R-Glendale, Ariz.) proposed the
ill along with 37 other members of the Legislature.
"Tli government really needs to take the lead in setting a
olicy of non-discrimination," Bundgaard said. "This propo-
itio is just a restatement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
Buidgaard said the bill is needed because the state's use of
e factors leads to inequality.
People want to be treated equally by the government,"
3undgaard said. "There are policies which show that the gov-
rnment picks winners and losers based on race and gender
>references, and we need to eliminate these."
"Affirmative action is very important to the success of the
niversjty because it allows (it) to have a very diverse popula-
ion, which creates a better community,"said Gilbert Davidson,
Jniversity of Arizona's student body president. "If the bill were
o have passed, I think it would've impacted the university's
ibility to attract or recruit students of diverse backgrounds."
Jessica Curtin, a member of the Coalition to Defend
Smative Action By Any Means Necessary, said she feels
e bill's defeat-is a positive step.
"I don't think issues of civil rights and social equality are
>st'lecided on a ballot because of the conservative nature of
1 tin" Curtin said. "Public opinion ... is much more posi-
ive toward affirmative action than a vote could ever show.
lhe future of affirmative action is not going to be decided by
my ballot initiative or by any court case - it's going be
letermined by the social forces in society."
Bundgaard said ballot initiative efforts are being planned
hat in November, voters will be able to choose whether
and gender factors should be considered in government
iring, education or contracting.

Continued from Page 1
money that they've been offering dis-
counts to discourage universities from
participating in direct loans," Butts
said. "The bankers will still make a
modest profit. Our problen is that
they're trying to drag our students into
the problem, and we have been object-
ing vigorously to that."
Now that Clinton and the U.S.
Treasury Department have ironed out
many of the objections the lenders have
expressed, University students will
come out as the beneficiaries, Parker
"When you take a student attending
a four-year public college saving
$650 and a private school student sav-
ing 5850, it has a very positive
impact," said Jackie Parker, an educa-
tion policy advisor to U.S. Sen. Carl
Levin (D-Mich.).
State Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor)

said that reducing interest rates on loans
is one of the many steps needed to
improve the overall quality of educa-
"Every little bit helps," Brater said.
"It won't make or break you. but if you
put it together with many other initia-
tives, it adds up to make education
more affordable."
University students already borrow a
total of $89.7 million each year to fund
their education and pay back interest on
their loans after graduation.
LSA first-year student As'ad Tarsin
said most students don't consider inter-
est rates when signing a loan, but this
interest rate reduction is a bonus for
"When I get a loan, I don't think
about the interest rate," Tarsin said. "ItI
the end I'll pay less, but it's not some-
thing that affects me now. I guess it's
kind of a bonus. When the loan is in
front of you, I try to sign it and get what
I can."

Beware the Cruellas of February

Continued from Page 1
Ryan White was diagnosed as a severe hemo-
philiac shortly after his birth. He contracted the
HIV virus from a tainted blood clotting agent that
countered the effects of hemophilia.
"Little did we know that the drug that was saving
his life would latertake it away,"White-Gindersaid.
In 1984, Ryan was one of the first children to
develop a full-blown case of AIDS. National
nedia focused attention on the town of
Kokomo, Ind., when the local school refused to
let Ryan attend, fearing he would spread the dis-
ease. His struggle to continue school won him
many admirers but also made him the target of
hate mail and even gun shots, which were fired
at his house.
White-Ginder quickly learned that the recently
discovered disease was still largely a mystery to
"I soon found out no one knew anything about
AIDS;' White-Ginder said. "Everybody thought
Ryan was gay - that he must have done some-
thing wrong. "
White-Ginder recounted how her son struggled
to survive in 1984 when the first onset of symp-
toms hit. Almost miraculously, Ryan lived five and
half more years when the doctors had said he only
had three to six months left to live.
"One day, Ryan told me he had just talked to
God," White-Ginder recalled. "He told me I had
nothing to fear. I would be taken care of."
The experience changed White-Ginder. Raised

as a strict Christian, she said her homophobic
views were challenged when the gay community
offered to help her and her son.
AIDS is the second leading cause of death
among adults ages 25 to 44. Despite the fact that
no cure for AIDS has been found, White-Ginder
said she finds hope in current medical research.
"We still have no cure, but we have hope thanks
to the many people who were at the forefront of
the disease," White-Ginder said. "When you have
AIDS, you're just like everybody who has AIDS.
You're fighting for your life."
The newly organized group, Speaker Initiative,
brought White-Ginder to the University. The coali-
tion of student organizations is planning more
speeches and panels in the future, including an,
appearance by musician Yo-Yo Ma and possibly
political adviser George Stephanopoulos.
"From the Speaker Initiative point of view, this
is our inaugural event;' said the group's Co-
Director Brian Reich. "We wanted to kick off with
an influential individual and an important issue on.
The danger of AIDS has caught the attention of
young people, students said.
"I came because it's something that affects us
daily - especially students our age;' said Anjali
Patel, an LSA sophomore. "It seems to be grow
ing. "t
Some organizations handed out condoms, pam
phlets and videos about AIDS at the event.
"Anybody who's having sex or sharing needles
is at risk," said Dan Kaul, a physician atithe
University's HIV/AIDS Treatment Program.

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